Jadon Sancho’s future at Manchester United appears increasingly uncertain after private discussions with manager Erik ten Hag failed to resolve their differences. The England international, who arrived at United for £73 million in 2021, has seen his relationship with the manager deteriorate following a public dispute. Sancho was notably excluded from the squad during United’s Premier League defeat to Arsenal in their most recent match.
According to reports from The Daily Star, Sancho is now actively looking to depart Manchester United, with January being the likely window for a move, possibly on loan, before securing a permanent exit next summer.
Ten Hag explained his decision to leave Sancho out of the squad, citing poor training performances, stating, “You have to reach the level every day at Manchester United. You can make choices in the front line, so in this game he wasn’t selected.”
In response to Ten Hag’s comments, Sancho took to social media to publicly dispute the claims, accusing Ten Hag of unfairly making him a scapegoat for the club’s issues. Sancho’s statement, which remains on his public profile, emphasized his commitment to training and his desire to contribute positively to the team.
The public exchange of words appears to have deepened the rift between player and manager. Ten Hag was reportedly taken aback by Sancho’s reaction and dismayed by the decision to air their issues publicly. The trust between the two has been severely damaged, and their relationship now appears beyond repair.
This is not the first time Ten Hag has had concerns about Sancho’s fitness and performance. Last season, the manager sent Sancho to a tailored training program, citing concerns about his fitness state. While Sancho did return to the team in the latter part of the season, his performance since returning in the summer has not met Ten Hag’s expectations.
Sancho’s prospects for starting games have not improved despite the delay in Antony’s return to the club. Antony is facing allegations of assault, and while he denies them, he has agreed to remain absent from the club for the time being.
In a statement released by Manchester United, the club acknowledged the allegations against Antony, condemned acts of violence and abuse, and emphasized the importance of safeguarding all those involved in the situation.